Banned Books Week Hop and Giveaway!

Posted 24 September, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Giveaway | 22 Comments

 Enter to win One of Two
$15 Gift Certificates to Amazon.com!
This week starts Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and I Read Banned Books. What is Banned Books Week and why on Earth should we be hopping during it?

Well, here’s a snippet from last year’s Speak Loudly post: Being an American and an avid reader of all flavors of books, I believe we have the right to certain freedoms including freedom of choice. We have the right to choose what we want to read. We have the right to choose not to read a certain book. We have the right to be vocal about a book–whether to praise it or not. 
What we don’t have the right to do is force our beliefs on someone else. That’s what Banned Books Week, officially running from September 24-October 1 of this year, is all about. According to the American Library Association, one of the main sponsors of Banned Books Week, “Banned Books (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books  across the United States.”
So, to encourage everyone to read some of those fabulous books that have been banned, I’m offering all my fellow readers the chance to win one of two $15 gift certificates to Amazon.com! Just fill out the form below for a chance to win. (And, yes, it’s open internationally.)

And don’t forget to visit the other Hop participants:

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22 Responses to “Banned Books Week Hop and Giveaway!”

  1. Hi Mary~! *waves*

    How on earth did I not know about your blog before?! Thank gods for the blog hops!! This is such a beautiful, sweet and lovely blog… I love, love, love it! Although I do admit, I’m a bit jealous of your layout – it’s so darn cute!!! o_o

    Glad you joined the hop, M! Please do stop by and check out my blog, too! Let’s keep in touch! <3

  2. Liz

    Not entering giveaway. Posted on Murder She Writes but reposting where I can, to say thank you for raising this issue.

    Went to American Library Association website for list of banned/challenged books.

    Happy to say, I’ve read most of the classics, or consciously chose not to read a few, but was floored to see To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; 1984, by George Orwell; A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway; Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell; and Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron, to name a few on the short list.

    A commenter there pointed out that the Bible often is banned.

  3. Thank you for hosting this giveaway and for being a part of the Banned Books Week Hop!!
    Have a safe and great weekend!! =)

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